The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to introduce the CBSE system for grades 1-7 in all schools from the 2021-22 school year. The system is gradually expanding from eighth to tenth grade. By 2024, all grades 1-10 will be under CBSE, according to a statement from the chief ministers’ office.
The ruling is part of an ongoing legal dispute before the Supreme Court against the conversion of all public schools in grades 1-6 to the English language. Prime Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s recent decision to join the Central Council for Secondary Education is seen as a smart move to abolish Telugu education entirely. Under CBSE, Telugu is just one subject and the program is taught in Hindi or English. The government has not indicated whether it will abolish the national program entirely or introduce the CBSE system in parallel. While Senior Secretary (Education) B Rajsekhar did not respond to questions, a senior department official told that the introduction of the CBSE system was “just a suggestion.”
This is just one of the proposals that we discussed in a meeting with the chief minister. We need to consider the pros and cons before proceeding, so no final decision has been made on this,” the official said. But the CMO made it clear in its press release that “the state government will implement the CBSE system for the 2021-2022 academic year.”